Use AAFP’s Well-being Planner to Better Your Well-being & Satisfaction

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The AAFP’s Well-being Planner-part of the Physician Health First initiative–was created to help family physicians navigate your path to personal well-being and professional satisfaction.

Members can access the Planner from the Physician Health First Portal and use it to:

  • Save helpful articles to a reading list for convenient future reference
  • Access comprehensive resources to address the five major areas of the family physician ecosystem (healthcare system, organization, practice, individual, and physician culture)
  • Set your goals
  • Track and measure your progress

AAFP Proficiency Testing

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AAFP’s Proficiency Testing Program (AAFP-PT) offers many solutions for office laboratories. Proficiency testing determines the performance of a laboratory for specific tests and can be used to monitor staff competency in laboratory testing. Accurate lab results are essential to patient care. If a practice offers basic tests such as strep, flu, or mono, PT is highly recommended for quality assurance—this is important for correct diagnosis and patient safety.  Learn more.

Family Medicine Leads Scholarships for National Conference

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The 2018 AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students will take place August 2–4, 2018 in Kansas City, MO. Past attendees consistently rate this event as an invaluable opportunity because of the practical sessions, networking, and chance to learn more about family medicine.

The AAFP Foundation offers 250 Family Medicine Leads Scholarships to help students and residents attend National Conference. This financial assistance, valued at $600 per award, helps offset expenses such as registration, travel, lodging, and meals. The application deadline is May 1, 2018.

New Quality Measures and Medical Home Content on AAFP.org

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Given the shift from volume- to value-based health care, the AAFP has launched new content on Quality Measures (QM) and updated Medical Home content on AAFP.org.

New QM content includes foundational information on quality measures, such as types, components, development, endorsement, benchmarking, and links to resources. Also included is an explanation of the AAFP’s role in measure development and endorsement. Members interested in getting involved with quality measure initiatives and representing the interests of family medicine can now complete and submit an expression of interest form, available on the site.

The updated Medical Home content helps practice teams understand and implement the five functions of the medical home. With the ever-evolving nature of the medical home, AAFP staff plan to add resources and information over time to keep members informed.

Health is Primary April toolkit focus: Health Equity

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In April, Health is Primary campaign will focus on health equity and show how primary care is working to address critical issues like heath disparities and social determinants of health. Access the April toolkit and help spread the word. #MakeHealthPrimary #HealthEquity

Robert Graham Center seeks Medical Director

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The Robert Graham Center is currently looking for a Medical Director. The Medical Director for Policy Research contributes to the research, collaborative, management and dissemination functions of the Robert Graham Center. The Medical Director for Policy Research must be comfortable working with a small team of highly skilled and self-motivated researchers, and be able to effectively represent the Center and its products within the Academy and with external collaborators and key audiences. Desirable characteristics include national credibility, a Medical Doctorate/Doctor of Osteopathy degree, Residency training in a Primary Care specialty, and training in research, Public Policy or Public Health. For a complete job description and more information, click here. Read more

Family medicine shows NRMP Match gains for 9th consecutive year

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The 2018 National Resident Matching Program marked the ninth consecutive year of increasing numbers of matches to family medicine residency programs. Data showed there were 3,654 family medicine positions offered, an increase of 276 from 2017, and 3,535 medical students and graduates matched to family medicine, an increase of 298 from last year. Read more.

Submit 2017 data, begin collecting for 2018

The time has come to report your 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance data to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and begin collecting your data for 2018.

The CMS portal is now open and will accept 2017 MIPS data until March 31, 2018. You must submit data by the March 31 deadline to avoid a negative 4 percent Medicare Part B payment adjustment in 2019.

Additionally, you should plan to begin collecting quality data for the 2018 performance period beginning in January. The AAFP offers a variety of resources to help you navigate the MIPS path, including the new 2018 MIPS Playbook.